Meliá Hotels International will open its first luxury hotel in Lisbon in 2024, sitting within the ME by Meliá portfolio. The luxury lifestyle brand is a collection of design hotels to discover contemporary culture through the lens of its bold, charismatic personality, which continues to grow internationally in some of the global cultural epicenters in the world and will raise the bar for luxury lifestyle hotels in Lisbon, following the success of the brand in other major cities such as London, Milan, Barcelona and Dubai, according to the company.
ME Lisbon will be located on the corner of the downtown avenues of Antonio Augusto de Aguiar and Fontes Pereira de Melo, alongside the Eduardo VII Park and Marquês de Pombal Square. Just a short distance from the historic center, the hotel’s setting will be a desirable base for exploring the capital city.
Beyond being merely a hotel, ME Lisbon will be a destination in itself, with the eclectic and exceptional style of the ME by Meliá brand offering travelers contemporary architecture, interior design, cuisine and local art, thanks to its work with a creative community of local artists and influencers, combined with the latest technology to fill every corner with inspiration and energy.
Art and design play pivotal roles in all ME by Meliá hotels, which is why such special attention has been focused on the architectural design of ME Lisbon. Already under construction, the future hotel has been designed by the Portuguese architect João Paciência and will feature a striking semi-transparent glass facade. The hotel design will also employ the most efficient and sustainable technology to minimize its environmental footprint. The heat generated by the cooling systems in the hotel, for example, will be used as a source of energy for the hot water boilers.
The creative and sophisticated interior design by Broadway Malyan studio is inspired by the idea of an “unexpected” Lisbon, with a fresh and disruptive style that is also influenced by some of the key attractions in the city itself, such as the arches or color of the trees on the Avenida da Liberdade, helping create a greater bond between the hotel and its local environment and community.
With 213 rooms, ME Lisbon will offer a combination of design, service and comfort for modern travelers, perfectly complemented by a choice of innovative dining and wellness concepts. It will feature an à la carte restaurant and a choice of international cuisine available throughout the day, together with one of the most popular hallmarks of the brand, Radio Rooftop Bar; a new meeting point for locals and visitors with an elite rooftop ambiance and panoramic views.
The luxury hotel will also offer a gym and fully equipped spa and health club, providing guests with everything they need to disconnect and enjoy a total-relaxation experience in the indoor pool, sauna, Turkish bath or massage cabins. There will also be more than 6,458 sq. ft. (600 sq. m.) of space for meetings and events in 11 flexible and adaptable event rooms. The hotel will have all the facilities required to make it a perfect destination for both business and leisure travelers.
This hotel owned by the Discovery Portugal Real Estate Fund will allow Meliá Hotels International to continue to make progress with a growth strategy focused primarily on premium and luxury hotels. In addition to the ME Lisbon, the ME by Meliá brand will open at least three more hotels in 2023 and 2024 in Malaga (Spain), Malta and Guadalajara (Mexico), extending the footprint of a collection of designer hotels that is now among the most competitive international luxury hotel brands in the world.
Meliá already has two hotels in Lisbon and ME Lisbon will also be accompanied by the first INNSiDE by Meliá hotel in the city, which is also scheduled to open in 2024. Portugal is becoming one of the fastest-growing markets for the company, with the seven hotels currently under development adding to the nine which are already open.